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Parish of Saint John 

(Jfirst gserbiccs 1783) 

jbeal VUitat: 

This Parish of Saint John was founded by those brave and resolute 
people, who because of their loyalty to the British Crown, sacrificed 
their homes and possessions and came here where they established 
themselves helping to lay the sturdy foundations of our Dominion of 

These Loyalists arrived here on May 18th, I 783 and such was their 
faith in God they established this Congregation. Between 1783 and 
1 786 missionary clergy ministered to the needs of the people. In 1 786 
the Rev. George Bisset became the first Rector of the Parish of Saint 
John. Up to that time the people had worshipped in a little Church 
known by no other name than "The Parish Church". As this building 
was too small for the congregation, the Rev. George Bisset began a fund 
for a new Church, but died in 1 788 a few months before the corner-stone 
was laid by the Rt. Rev. Charles IngHs, first Bishop of Nova Scotia. 
This Church known as "Old Trinity" was built in 1 791 , the first Service 
was held on Christmas Day the same year. It was consecrated in 1 792 
and served the community until it was destroyed in "The Great Fire" 
on June 20th, 1877. Under the energetic leadership of the Rector of 
that day, the Rev. Canon F. H. J. Brigstocke, the new Trinity Church 
was built and consecrated on December 9th, 1880 by the first Bishop 
of this Diocese, the Rt. Rev, John Medley and Metropolitan of Canada. 

The people of this historic Parish of Saint John have given the lead 
in missionary zeal and Church Extension. In 1821 St. George's Church 
was built and the next year vvas transferred by deed to the new Parish 
of Carleton. This was the first division of the Parish of Saint John. 
As the Parish was growing rapidly it was thought advisable to build 
another Church. There was much debate whether it would be built of 
wood or stone, but finally stone was used. The new Church, St. John's 
(Stone Church) was completed in 1825 but remained part of our Parish 
until 1853 when the Parish of St. Mark's was created. The fifth Rector, 
the Rev. B. G. Gray had under his care for many years the people in the 
Parish of Portland. In 1829 Grace Church was built and opened for 
Divine Worship but it was not until 1835 that the Church was conse- 
crated by Bishop Inglis. In 1851 St. James' Church was built in the 
southern part of the Parish of Saint John and consecrated that same 
year. In 1852 it became the Parish of St. James. 

Over the great West Door there hangs the Royal Coat of Arms. 
This historic treasure once rested in the old Council Chambers in Boston. 
During the American Revolution it was taken down by Edward Winslow 
and according to his letter, which we possess, it was sent on here after 
hostilities were ended. The beautiful Communion Silver, the gracious 
gift of King George III, consists of two Patens, one Chalice, two Flagons, 
and on each is engraved the letters "G" "R" with the Royal Coat of 
Arms surmounted by a Crown. 

The Carpet in the Sanctuary is needlepoint and was made around 
1880 under the superintendance of Mrs. Brigstoke, the then Rector's 
wife, who had a group of women members of the congregation to help 
her. It is made of Berlin wool. 

The Reredos, of Gothic design, is of richly carved wood, decorated 
and gilded, and was erected in 1902. The centre panel depicts the 
Crucifixion. On the left is The Appearance of Our Lord to Mary Mag- 
dalene in the Garden on Easter Morning. On the right is Our Lord 
being made known to the Two Disciples at Emmaus on Easter Evening. 
The figures of the Saints on each side of these panels reading from left to 
right are: Saint Peter with crossed keys; Saint Mark with pen and book; 
Saint Luke writing in a book and Saint Paul with sword and book. 


Arthur E. Coleman, 

Rector of the Parish of Saint John. 

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Rev. George Bissett, M. A., 

Formerly Rector of Trinity Church 

Newport, Rhode Island, 

U. S. A. 


Rev. Mather Byles, D. D., 
1788-1814 Rector of Christ Church 
Boston, Massachusetts, in 1776 was 
appointed Chaplain to the Garrison in 
Halifax, N. S. 

Rev. George Pidgeon, 

Formerly Rector of Fredericton, 


Ecclesiastical Commissary 

for 23 years. 


Robert Willis, 


Formerly Chaplain in the Royal Navy, 

Afterwards Rector of 

St. Paul's Church, Halifax, N. S., and 

Archdeacon of the 

Diocese of Nova Scotia. 

Rev. B. G. Gray, D.D., 

Formerly Rector of St. George's Church, 

Halifax, N. S., and 

Chaplain of the Garrison 

In this City 
For Twenty-seven years. 

Rev. Canon John W. D. Gray, D.D., 


Formerly Rector of 

Amherst, Nova Scotia. 

Fourteen years he served as 

Curate of this Church, 

and Twenty-eight years as Rector. 

The first Honorary Canon of 

Christ Church Cathedral. Fredericton 

Rev. James J. Hill, M.A., 

Formerly Rector o; Newport, 

Nova Scotia 

One year he served as Curate of this 


and five years as Rector. 

Venerable F. H. J. Brigstocke, D.D., 


Graduate and Exhibitioner of 

Jesus College, Oxford, 

Honorary Canon of 

Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton, 

and Archdeacon of Saint John. 

Rev. Canon John A. Richardson, 



Afterwards Archbishop of Fredericton. 

Rev. Canon Robert A. Armstrong, 



Afterwards Rector of 

the Church of the Redeemer, 

Toronto, Ont. 

Rev. Canon C. Gordon Lawrence, 



Now Chaplain at Trinity College School, 

Port Hope, Ont. 

Rev. Arthur E. Coleman, 
B.A., L.Th., D.Cn.L., 

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Rev. Arthur E. Coleman, B.A., L.Th., D.Cn.L. 

Hon. gtestociate 

Rev. Canon C. LeRoi Mooers, B.A., D.Cn. L. 


Rev. H. Oswald Slattery 

Mr. Justice W. H. Harrison 


L. C. Rudolf 
C. V. Emerson 
H. L. Leck 
P. M. Blanch et 

J. A. Little 
G. B. Peat, M.D. 
W. J. Bambury 
B. Lawton 

James S. Hoyt 

A. Clinton Regan 
L. W. Bewick 
F. H. Hazen 
P. S. Allison 

Honorary Vt&txvman 

J. G.Harrison 

Ctjurcf) (Office 

1 1 5 Charlotte Street 


Ruth L. Clarke 
A.R.C.O., Mus. Bac. 


Oscar L. H. Griffith 
184 Princess Street